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Interested in working with Cutcaster’s API to add images to your business

If you have not heard yet, recently we released Cutcaster’s simple to use API that lets developers and small businesses quickly integrate a diverse database of images into their business models and workflows. Using our API is very simple and it is well documented.

If your business, website, online tool or product needs millions of high quality photos and vectors, Cutcaster wants to team up so you can integrate our stock photography library into your business. At the same time, you can work with our experienced business development team to determine the best path for achieving your business goals using the Cutcaster’s API.

To learn more about our powerful APIs, visit our Developers area or you can request additional documentation by emailing webmaster@cutcaster.com.

Top 10 things Image Buyers Like about their Agency – Understanding Image Buyers in the Stock Industry

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Are you happy with your image agency?

What features or services do image buyers like and want from photographers or stock agencies? What gets them coming back to your portfolio or the agency that reps your images?

Today, Cutcaster is releasing the comments that some images buyers told us during last year’s survey. We took 10 of the most popular comments and arranged them below in a random order to show you what features or services they like an agency to offer. The question was actually a two-part question and was “What do you like most/least about the stock photo sites that you work with?” Later this week, we will share the things they didn’t like about their current stock image agency. The survey was completed by 344 image users who had used Cutcaster or were working on the stock image business and were mostly from the US or Canada.

Top 10 things image buyers said they liked which their stock agency provided.

1. Current and wide selection of images from international sources at reasonable prices.

2. Special picture collection pricing for royalty free or rights managed photos.

3. Stock agency websites that can show an entire photo purchase history with a simple click to avoid duplicate image purchases.

4. With current rates that image researchers get, we need to work FAST. The most important features for a stock site are direct downloading and embedded metadata. If you do not offer these two things, you are a 2nd tier vendor.

5. Picture pop-up windows to review images instead of having to use “back” button.

6. Advanced features like search filters when we need to give restrictions.

7. Love seeing Creative Inspiration.

8. Great sales help when a user encounters a problem. (From Cutcaster: Most image buyers didn’t say they needed a specific sales representative to help them use an agency)

9. High resolution comp images with metadata embedded.

10. Agencies with multicultural, disabilities, youth, and well executed food shots most cited image needs.

Overall, most image buyers stressed that they needed the highest quality images, fast / accurate search results and lower pricing which is understandable in the current economic environment.

If you are an image buyer, what features would you like to see a stock agency adopt to make your life easier?

Picture Buyer Stats Released – Market Information for Online Image Users

When we decided to re-design and re-write the code for the new Cutcaster site last year, we knew we needed first to get a better idea of who was using Cutcaster, what was their process for using royalty free image libraries and how we could better serve them once we released the new site. Listening to what they told us led how we built Cutcaster and was a valuable undertaking not only for us but we felt that it would be really helpful for our Cutcaster members and the industry in general. Over the past year, we surveyed some of the largest and smallest image buyers using Cutcaster or in the stock photo and clipart industry to learn more about their image buying habits, demographics and photo needs in general. In an effort to provide our users and readers with details that can help educate and improve their sales, we are releasing what we have learned from the buyer surveys to the community at large.

Over the next two weeks, Cutcaster will be releasing a large amount of data from our picture buyer survey to help those interested in the stock photography market or using Cutcaster. If you use this information please link back to Cutcaster (http://cutcaster.com or this blog post). The survey was completed by 344 image users mostly in the US and Canada who use royalty free or rights managed images. The following results were collected from their responses. Note: Click on the thumbnail images to see the survey results in a larger window.

Chart for What category best describes the type of company or organization for which you work

What category best describes the type of company or organization for which you work

The above shows what type of individuals, companies or industries are buying images at Cutcaster.

Image buyers role at company

When purchasing digital images and illustrations, which of the following activities do you perform?

The above chart shows what role the image buyer plays in their organization’s decision making process for searching, obtaining pricing, purchasing and approval process for using Cutcaster. It will give you an idea for what type of decision makers are coming to Cutcaster to find images and download them on behalf of themselves or their firm.

How many people work at your company?

How many people work at your company?

The above chart shows the average size of the firm that a buyer works for.

How frequently do you purchase stock photography in a typical year?

How frequently do you purchase stock photography in a typical year?

How frequently are image researchers or buyers downloading royalty free images or clipart per year. We can see that a very large percentage of responders said they license more than 50 images a year.

Image buyers annual budget

Image buyers annual budget

Check out how much a typical picture buyer spends on a single image or clipart download from a stock agency. The above chart shows image buyers spend per single image. Remember that this includes both royalty free and rights managed licensing (as well as free).

Next week, Cutcaster will release more information regarding what decisions go into choosing an agency / image library, what picture buyers like most and least about their stock agencies they work with currently and what things image buyers want to see an agency do but aren’t at the moment.

Where are good places to find photos for your blog?

“Where can I find images or clip-art I can use on my blog?”

We hear that question a lot on Twitter, Facebook and Myspace, so we wanted to add some helpful information and tips about it to our design and photography blog.

Most bloggers or authors begin their photo search on Google Image Search by typing in a few keywords to locate images they want to use on their blog. While you will find some creative images, most image searchers find the quality to be not great and in some cases the photos can be copyrighted. Some risk-takers will use them nonetheless, thinking they can get away with using poor quality or copyrighted content.

In addition, there are a number of photo sites and photo search engines that will help you find royalty-free images that include Flickr, Wikipedia and a few others. The quality might not always be great but the sources can be useful when looking for something specific.

Another good place to search for images for your blog are royalty free sites that charge you a few bucks for the rights to use that image for as long as you want like Cutcaster. You pay a dollar or two and can use the image legally in perpetuity which is a fancy word meaning forever.

You are probably asking yourself why you would pay a couple of dollars or microstock prices to use an image for my blog. “There are free photo resources out there, why should I pay?” But take a look at the quality and diversity of Cutcaster’s image library and then you will understand why the images there will help get your point across.

For blogs, the inexpensive images can be used for a few bucks if you download the small to medium sizes. That size will be the perfect size that you will need for your blog post. Bloggers that include images as a part of their blog post engage with their viewers better, get more comments on their blogs and get better search engine rankings if you use the embedded image metadata, which comes with every file you download from Cutcaster, to describe your images. This helps search engines find your posts via text within the post and the text you use to describe your images. It is a double win. Your readers get a visually appealing blog to enjoy and the search engines have another way to describe and find your blog because you have included metadata to describe your photos.

If spending a few dollars is not what you want to do, then Cutcaster does offers free images and free illustrations for bloggers and any other photo buyers. You will find suitable photos there. You can download 10 free images a day or 300 images a month with a free subscription.

For further information on using images on your blog and what the differences are between free and royalty free images are visit Stock Photo License.

This is the first in a series of three articles on how to find good, cheap photos for your blog or website.